Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, beauty, culture, happiness, 2004
You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature's finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, arts, beauty, nature, weather, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, beauty, life, women, TED@Unilever, 2014
In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, beauty, business, culture, entertainment, illusion, marketing,...
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, business, culture, photography, plastic, statistics,...
Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, beauty, medical research, music, science, technology, 2011
Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, activism, beauty, design, future, prosthetics, sports, technology,...
What's the science behind a sublime perfume? With charm and precision, biophysicist Luca Turin explains the molecular makeup -- and the art -- of a scent. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, beauty, happiness, materials, science, technology, 2005
At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, entertainment, exploration, photography, 2008
Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns -- this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, beauty, business, design, exploration, photography, TED2006, 2006
TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, brain, culture, design, evolution, society, TED2010, 2010
Vishal Vaid and his band explore a traditional South Asian musical form in this mesmerizing improv performance. Sit back and let his music transport you. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, Asia, beauty, culture, history, music, performance, 2006
In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line. Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, beauty, design, prosthetics, sports, technology, 1998
A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object -- how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, beauty, design, happiness, TEDSalon London Spring 2011, 2011
Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, beauty, evolution, film, life, nature, 2011
The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, beauty, math, physics, universe, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, anthropology, beauty, culture, faith, global issues, photography,...
When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a professionally shot photo of herself clad in a bikini, she was beside herself. "I thought...you have arrived!" she says proudly. This might not be the typical experience, but, as Rocero reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In a moving and personal talk, Rocero finds that transgender activism is giving her a whole new sense of pride and purpose. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, LGBT, activism, beauty, gender, inequality, TED2014, 2014